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Man charged with firing AR-15 on New Year's Day, injuring 11-year-old girl

A Fridley man suspected of drunkenly firing an AR-15 rifle in celebration minutes into the New Year, wounding an 11-year-old girl on Minneapolis' North Side, has been charged with two felony firearms violations.

James William Turner Jr., 44, was charged Thursday in Hennepin County District Court with illegal firearm possession and reckless discharge of a firearm in connection with the shooting of La'neria Wilson.

A series of pops roused La'neria from her bed just after midnight Monday. When she approached the window to look for fireworks, she was struck by gunfire just below the right eye. Surgeons successfully removed the bullet fragment from her face on Wednesday, two days before her 12th birthday.


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